The best things to do over Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

Celebrate the long weekend in with our ultimate guide to the city's top beaches, festivals, restaurants and getaways.

Chicago River
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Unlike most major holidays, Labor Day isn’t weighed down by traditions. It’s a glorious and much needed extra day off that you can spend soaking up the waning days of summer however you see fit. Whether you prefer to explore the city's best attractions and summer festivals, lounge by the beach or a swimming pool or just get out of town, we have your guide to making the most of Labor Day weekend on your own terms. 

When is Labor Day?

This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 3, 2018.

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a national holiday created to celebrate the contributions of the American worker. It falls on the first Monday of September, resulting in a coveted three-day weekend.

Things to do during Labor Day weekend

Get beachy
Things to do

Get beachy

Spend a day (or three) soaking in the late summer sun on a stretch of sand

Get up close to the bands
Music

Get up close to the bands

North Coast Music Festival takes over the three-day weekend with EDM, hip-hop and more

Get your meat on
Restaurants

Get your meat on

Eat delicious burgers without firing up the grill yourself 

Get out of town for the day
Travel

Get out of town for the day

Chicago is the perfect launching spot for a host of one-day escapes

Get pampered
Hotels

Get pampered

A long weekend is the perfect time to treat yourself like royalty

Get under an umbrella
Bars

Get under an umbrella

Grab your shades, claim your spot and let your server know you're not going anywhere 

Get your picnic on
Restaurants

Get your picnic on

Pick up a gourmet picnic basket from one of Chicago's top eateries 

Get some quality family time in
Kids

Get some quality family time in

Pack up the car and take a trip with the kids

Get out with your best friend
Restaurants

Get out with your best friend

Bring your furry pal along to some of the best Chicago bars, restaurants and breweries

Get on the grass
Things to do

Get on the grass

Pack a picnic and head to one of the beautiful parks across Chicago 

Get to the festivals
Things to do

Get to the festivals

Live up the end of festival season in Chicago 

Get in the water
Things to do

Get in the water

Don't feel like getting sandy? Head to one of Chicago's public pools 

Get fruity
Kids

Get fruity

Take an easy day trip to one of these fabulous fruit farms outside Chicago 

Get out of town
Travel

Get out of town

Make a mixtape, pack the car and don't look back